Hi Dr! I Have Extremely Sensitive, Eczema-prone Skin. I Also

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Hi Dr! I have extremely sensitive, eczema-prone skin. I also have enlarged pores and get a lot of blackheads. My problem is that my skin also gets VERY dry (even flaky!) in winter. Most products that (try) to combat blackheads just dry out my skin even more. I’m also worried that products that treat my dry skin will just cause more blackheads. What would you recommend?

Submitted by Charlene Van Der Westhuizen on 12 June 2012

Answer

Hello and thank you for your question!
Often we mistreat dry sensitive skin by applying heavier and oilier products. Although this offers some relief at the time, it has the side effect of breakouts and blackheads. Exfoliation and hydration are key elements to battling dry skin. While you are experiencing dry skin, follow the advice below to gain more supple and glowing skin:

Switch to a light cleansing cream rather than a soap which strips the skin of its natural oils. Use a gentle creamy cleanser that does not contain sulphate: Skin Medica Sensitive Skin Cleanser, Dermaheal Gentle Cleanser, Nimue Cleansing Gel

Correct skin dryness with home prescriptives that do not block pores or cause break outs: Skin Medica TNS Ceramide, Skin Medica Dermal Repair, Skin Medica Hydrating Complex, Lamelle Hydrating Serum, Neostrata Sheer Hydration, Nimue Super Hydrating Serum, Rosanique Rosehip Oil

Hydrate the skin: Humectants such as hyaluronic acid attract water to the skin cell and thus plump up fine lines and wrinkles giving your skin a smooth, youthful glow: Skin Medica TNS Ceramide, Skin Medica Ultra Sheer Moisturizer (Normal Skin), Skin Medica Rejuvenative Moisturizer (Hydrating), Skin Medica Dermal Repair Cream (Super Hydrating with Antioxidants), Dermaheal Ultra Moisturising Cream, Lamelle Hydrating Serum, Neostrata Sheer Hydration. Emollients are lipids that add lubrication to the surface of the skin by binding water and preventing evaporation: Ÿ SM Dermal Repair Cream (Super Hydrating with Antioxidants), Neostrata Bionic Cream, Rosanique Rosehip Oil

The following is a list of skin care ingredients that moisturise and hydrate the skin: ajuga turkestanica, aloe vera, apricot kernel oil, borage seed oil, canola oil, ceramide, cholestrol, colloidal oatmeal, dexpanthenol, dimethicone, evening primrose oil, glycerin, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, safflower oil, shea butter.

The following is a list of skin care ingredients to AVOID due to drying: alcohol if it is listed among first seven ingredients, cleansers that foam vigorously, and fragrance.

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